LOWFC PREVIEW: Stevenage (H)

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Orient go into the match sitting fourth in South East Division One with 18 points.

They have won five, drawn three and lost two of their ten league games this season.

Their latest league encounter saw Orient travel to Norwich City Ladies on November 25th, where they emerged 1-0 victors thanks to Sophie Le Marchand’s second-half strike.

In their most recent outing, Chris Brayford’s side defeated Worthing Ladies 1-6 in the Isthmian Cup quarter-finals last Thursday evening.

Lisa Holmback netted a hat-trick, Rebecca Hirst scored directly from a corner, plus strikes from Chanel Richards and Suaila Cardoso Queni, who opened her account for the first team.

Chris Brayford’s side will be looking to extend their unbeaten run in league and cup to six matches and finish the year on a positive note.

Our Opponents

Stevenage Ladies arrive in East London occupying ninth place in the division with 10 points.

They have won three, drawn one and lost six of their ten league games this season.

They have been in league action just once in their previous four matches, narrowly losing

1-0 at home to Ipswich Town Ladies on November 25th.

However, Stevenage produced an emphatic 7-2 victory against Royston Town Ladies in the County Cup last weekend.

They have won their previous two matches on the road and will be hoping to secure a third victory in the capital.

Key Players

Orient midfielder Lisa Holmback scored a hat-trick in last week’s Isthmian Cup victory over Worthing Ladies. After struggling with injury earlier in the season, Holmback has worked her way back to fitness and begun to reclaim her starting spot. She is effective in both attacking and defensive phases and possesses an unquestionable work ethic.

As for Stevenage, Ashleigh Deacon has netted in each of their previous two matches away from home. The first came in the 2-1 victory over Denham United Ladies on November 4th while the second arrived in another 2-1 victory, this time away at Ipswich Town Ladies in the FA WNL Plate on December 2nd.

A Look at the Stats

  • Orient are unbeaten in their last five league and cup matches at Mile End. (W3, D2)
  • The O’s have scored in six of their seven home matches this season.
  • However, they have kept just one clean sheet at home. (5-0 vs. Enfield Town)
  • Stevenage have secured seven of their ten points away from home.
  • They have scored twice in each of their previous three matches on the road.
  • However, they have kept just one clean sheet on their travels in all competitions.

Previous Encounters

Orient travelled to Stevenage on September 9th and made it three consecutive away victories with a 2-0 win.

Lisa Fulgence netted a goal in each half to ensure the O’s brought all three points back to East London.

Pre-Match Thoughts

Ahead of the game, Orient captain Danielle Griffiths spoke about finishing the year strongly:

“This is the last game of 2018 and we hope to finish emphatically. We are coming off the back of an unbeaten run of five games, including four victories, and our performances have been improving week on week. Three points and strengthening our position near the top of the table would be a great Christmas present!”

Going to the Game?

If you can, please go down and show your support for the O’s this weekend. The match will take place on Sunday 16th December at Mile End Stadium, Burdett Road, London, E3 4HL with kick-off at 2pm.